WHO India misleading UN over Kashmir Floods: KCSG

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A Kashmir civil society group Saturday claimed that WHO’s representative in India was misleading United Nation over the healthcare sector in state of Jammu and Kashmir after the devastating floods.

A press statement issued by JKCCS reads that it had wrote a letter, after historic floods hit Kashmir, to Dr Margaret Chan, Director General United Nations World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland appealing for intervention/assistance of WHO in Jammu and Kashmir.

“On 29 September 2014, WHO India submitted a one page response to six questions posed by the journalist. This response, attributed to Dr Nata Menabde, WHO Representative to India is the official position of WHO India on the present health crisis in Jammu and Kashmir,” reads the handout.

The group claimed, “The responses apparently based on Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India inputs, are factually incorrect, and a complete misrepresentation of the dire situation on ground.”

The group further stated that WHO India concludes by incorrectly stating: “The government has been intervening to tackle the potential adverse public health consequence of this disaster especially as related to water and sanitation and control of communicable diseases.”

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